Chinese-Australian company Brighsun is attempting a long distance record tomorrow morning, aiming to enter the Guinness record with the longest trip on one charge by an electric vehicle.
Currently the record is held by a Tesla Model S, at over 700 kilometres. Brighsun are attempting to better this by travelling from Melbourne to Sydney, a distance of almost 900 kilometres…in a bus!
The Brighsun buses are similar in most respects to conventional diesel buses, but have big battery packs to allow long range. The city bus has a 500 kWh pack while the tour coach has a 518 kWh pack.
Brighsun have expressed interest in opening a manufacturing facility here in Australia, based in Victoria and using the skill base that will be left behind when local car manufacture ceases in the next year and a half.